Thursday, July 28, 2011

Another Christianist Apparently

EXCLUSIVE: AWOL Soldier Arrested Over Concerns of Second Alleged Plot to Attack Fort Hood - "At least one U.S. military serviceman has been arrested after raising concerns over another alleged plot to attack Fort Hood, Fox News has learned exclusively.

Pvt. Nasser Jason Abdo, an AWOL soldier from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was arrested by the Killeen Police Department near Fort Hood and remains in custody there. Authorities, however, will not say if Abdo is the one who raised security concerns.

Abdo was allegedly found with weapons and explosives at the time of his arrest, a senior Army source confirms to Fox News. He was arrested at around 2 p.m. Wednesday after someone called authorities to report a suspicious individual. "

Thursday, June 30, 2011


Jack Cashill writes:"Say it Ain’t So, Ann!": "By this time, the FBI had interviewed 270 eyewitnesses who saw streaks of light in the sky converging on TWA Flight 800 before the explosion.

An easily manipulated New York Times would not interview a single one of them. I have talked to at least twenty. They all know what they saw and were never afraid to say so.

With the 1996 election just weeks away, officials were busily reassuring the public through the media that a mechanical failure brought down the airplane. They never did find the exact cause.

No matter. Soon enough Times’ reporters would be writing articles with titles like, “Pierre, Is That a Masonic Flag on the Moon,” and my beloved Ann Coulter would be citing them.

Say it ain’t so, Ann!"

Their Families Would Like To Know

Why Clintons kept mum about KSM plot: "In a chapter titled 'The Almost War, 1996,' Clarke takes credit for discovering the spontaneously exploding fuel tank theory that the White House ultimately embraced as the cause of TWA Flight 800's destruction.

If the fuel tank theory made any sense at all, Team Clinton would have been boasting about how they avoided 'an almost war' through patient restraint. Their silence is telling.

Even Clarke remained silent about KSM's flying bomb plot. He did not tell Condoleezza Rice word one about it when she took over as national security adviser in January 2001.

When the 9/11 Commission addressed this oversight, Clarke asked that he and his colleagues 'be forgiven for not thinking about [the plot] given the fact that they hadn't seen a lot in the five or six years intervening about it.'

The 15th anniversary of the disaster two weeks hence presents the media one more chance to ask the Clinton cabal a simple question: Did you stop talking about aviation terror to keep TWA Flight 800 out of the conversation?

At least 3,000 families would like to know."

Monday, June 06, 2011

1,000 Seconds

Lightning in a Bottle: Antimatter Trapped for Nearly 17 Minutes - Techland - "Okay, so antimatter's nothing like lightning, really, but bottling it in a kind of containment field? Doesn't sound like the safest gig. More like something you'd catch Geordi La Forge trying during some wild hair zero-sum Star Trek plotline involving aliens, the Holodeck, rerouting power from life support, and a self-destruct sequence.

Thankfully nothing self-destructed when CERN researchers first created, then forced antihydrogen atoms to hang around for an unprecedented 16 minutes, 40 seconds. That's roughly 16 minutes and 40 seconds longer than the first attempt roughly a year ago, which only managed to snag antihydrogen for a trifling 172 milliseconds (about two-tenths of a second). The new results were published in Nature, impassively titled 'Confinement of antihydrogen for 1,000 seconds.'"

Monday, May 16, 2011

And Don't Forget Shaviv

The Hebrew University debate on Global Warming | ScienceBits: "In my short presentations, I stressed a few major issues. First, there are no fingerprints proving that 20th century warming is necessarily human. Second, once you check the details, you find that there are notable inconsistencies. In particular, the AGHG theory predicts warming over the whole troposphere, while in reality, only the ground appears to have warmed over the past few decades, and that Earth's climate response to volcanic eruptions is significantly smaller than predicted by computer models. This is because these models tend to have an exaggerated climate sensitivity. Third, the only reason we can attribute the warming to humans, is because allegedly there is nothing else to blame, but there is, the increasing activity of the sun. And then I quickly showed some of the evidence showing that the sun affects climate through the cosmic ray climate link."

More CLOUD Foreshadowing

Evidence that cosmic rays seed clouds - "By firing a particle beam into a cloud chamber, physicists in Denmark and the UK have shown how cosmic rays could stimulate the formation of water droplets in the Earth's atmosphere. The researchers say this is the best experimental evidence yet that the Sun influences the climate by altering the intensity of the cosmic-ray flux reaching the Earth's surface."

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Yamal and Hide-the-Decline

Yamal and Hide-the-Decline « Climate Audit: "The effect of using “all the data to hand” is potentially quite dramatic. The graphic below compares the Briffa 2009 chronology (red) to the average of site RCS chronologies for the 20 Vaganov sites in the 10-degree box. As you can see, there is considerable correlation between the two chronologies, though the Briffa version is spikier than the much larger Vaganov network. The discrepancy becomes very pronounced from the 1970s on – the Vagnov network shows the characteristic “decline” in the late 20th century that also characterized the large Schweingruber network, while the Briffa Limited Hangout network surges to new records."

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The "Policies" Of Panicked Pre-school Politicians

Panic as Policy « Commentary Magazine: "Hysteria on the largest scale possible has become the default official response to all crises. A lay public furnished with near-instantaneous media coverage can be counted on to demand immediate and absolute measures so that the crisis can be scrubbed from consciousness, however crudely or illogically. And over-monitored leaders will be sure to comply. Today a politician can lose his job if he doesn’t swiftly change historical precedent to fit the frenzied misinterpretation of a still-breaking news story. This will continue to yield atrocious consequences.

We have become accustomed to seeing collective shock elevated to the realm of policy. In fact, it’s what we expect of responsible leadership. There’s an oil spill? Ban drilling. A shooting? Forbid even speaking in martial metaphors. A nuclear accident? Kill nuclear energy. This crude emotionalism is actually liberalism at warp speed. It demands that governments alleviate the immediate discomfort of the onlooker without regard for accuracy or consequence. It will produce many more historic disasters than it can manage."
We seem pretty much there already, no?

Downstream Of Green

Belmont Club » Downstream of Green: "And upstream too. The Daily Mail looks at the Chinese industrial area supplying the magnets for Europe’s clean wind farms. It’s a wasteland. The Chinese industrial area that is.
The reality is that, as Britain flaunts its environmental credentials by speckling its coastlines and unspoiled moors and mountains with thousands of wind turbines, it is contributing to a vast man-made lake of poison in northern China. This is the deadly and sinister side of the massively profitable rare-earths industry that the ‘green’ companies profiting from the demand for wind turbines would prefer you knew nothing about.

Hidden out of sight behind smoke-shrouded factory complexes in the city of Baotou, and patrolled by platoons of security guards, lies a five-mile wide ‘tailing’ lake. It has killed farmland for miles around, made thousands of people ill and put one of China’s key waterways in jeopardy.

This vast, hissing cauldron of chemicals is the dumping ground for seven million tons a year of mined rare earth after it has been doused in acid and chemicals and processed through red-hot furnaces to extract its components.
But the Chinese don’t vote in British elections. They are not a relevant constituency for the Greens.  So who gives a damn?"
Whoops. ANd don't forget the maintenance problems.

For The Women

Everything you wanted to know about women's concealed carry.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Which Way The Wind Blows

Ex-Sandia engineer talks about some of the worst things that could happen in Japan | Frank Munger's Atomic City Underground | "That, in turn, would cause a 'high-pressure melt injection' into the water-filled concrete cavity below the reactor. Because the concrete would likely be unheated, the reaction created by the sudden injection of the reactor's ultra-hot content would be immense, he said.

'It'll be like somebody dropped a bomb, and there'll be a big cloud of very, very radioactive material above the ground,' Allen said, noting that it would contain uranium and plutonium, as well as the fission products.

Should these events happen, the best outcome would be if the winds are blowing east and push the radioactive plume over the Pacific Ocean, he said. 'It (the radioactivity) will fall out in the ocean and everything will be fine,' he said.

The worst case, Allen said, would be if winds pushed a radioactive cloud south toward Tokyo and Japan's highly populated cities."
Of course our hearts must go out to the dead and injured from the earthquake and tsunami. But if the situation continues to be uncertain at the nuclear plants or gets worse, the economic impact of Tokyo and environs being relatively deserted and off-line as seen in recent news reports in itself is non-trivial in terms of world supply chains. Never mind what the financial markets are doing.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Carbon For Thee

Moonbattery: Carbon Emissions: "The know-how just isn't there to generate electricity reliably and affordably using archaic windmill technology, no matter how much of our children's money Comrade Obama pours into the pockets of his crony capitalist enablers at GE. They haven't even come up with a lubricant that can keep the noisy bird-chopping monstrosities from bursting into flame:"

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

A Conspiracy Theory? Umm, Nooooo...

Beck’s Matthews-Mocked Conspiracy Confirmed: Video of US Communists, Socialists & Labor Unions Working With Muslim Brotherhood-Associated Groups | The Blaze: "Posted on February 4, 2011 at 10:10am by Naked Emperor News"

And speaking of the history of this particular "conspiracy" you might want to look at "Emulation, The Sincerest Form Of Holocaust". Click through the clipping and you can read the full thing as written by that far right wing nut-job -- what's his name? -- oh, yeah Alan Dershowitz. You need to read his book "The Case For Israel" and especially the chapter on Haj Amin Al-Husseini.

Oh. And you might want to plan on being in Denver May 4th.

Meet The Boss

Moonbattery: George Soros, Obama's Boss: "Übermoonbat George Soros — the Nazi-collaborating Jew who bought and paid for the Democrat Party — isn't just an enemy of the state, he's an enemy of the human race:"

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Don't Hold Your Breath

Greenland ice sheet: Information from "On the ice sheet, temperatures are generally substantially lower than elsewhere in Greenland. The lowest mean annual temperatures, about −31 °C (−23.8 °F), occur on the north-central part of the north dome, and temperatures at the crest of the south dome are about −20 °C (−4 °F)."

Sunday, January 30, 2011

An Alarming Update

Power Line - Was 2010 the Warmest Year Ever?: "That didn't get the warmists where they were trying to go, so they have now changed the data by eliminating or drastically reducing the urban heat island effect. NASA now shows very different data for the period 1880-1999 from what it published in 1999. This animated GIF shows how the alarmists changed their own data to create the false impression of a climate crisis:

You probably assume that NOAA and NASA have made their raw data available to independent researchers, along with explanations of the adjustments they have made. But no--those agencies have resisted Freedom of Information Act requests for the original, raw data. One of the most important things the new Congress can do is to force these government agencies to level with the American people and explain the manipulations to which they have been subjecting weather data for years."
NOTE: The animated gif isn't working -- click through to see the original...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Should You Switch?

Verizon iPhone 4: Should You Get One Now? | Shelly Palmer Digital Living: "Verizon has been busy shouting as loud as it can about LTE (Long Term Evolution), its new 4G network. It will not be long before Verizon starts to offer 4G mobile devices, like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4G, Motorola’s Xoom, any number of Android smartphones and a ton of other 4G LTE stuff.
Which begs for the question: With 4G around the corner, why would you commit to a two-year contract in February 2011 for a 3G device? It makes no sense at all.
If Apple continues its MO of one new iPhone per year, you can expect the iPhone 5 to debut this spring/summer. Will it be a 4G LTE compatible device? I hope so. If it isn’t, it will have no chance competing with the Samsung, HTC, Moto and other 4G LTE devices that will be everywhere by then."

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The New Rendition

Belmont Club » Noblesse Oblige: "When Malaysian naval commandos boarded a ship captured by Somali pirates and rescued 23 hostages in the Gulf of Aden they had a secret weapon. South Korean naval special forces employed the same device, when they “stormed a hijacked freighter in the Arabian Sea on Friday, rescuing all 21 crew members and killing eight assailants in a rare and bold raid on Somali pirates.” The wonder weapon of the Koreans, though less potent than that used by the Malaysians was that they were neither European nor American.

What you can do depends on what papers you carry. In 2008 the Times Online reported that “the Royal Navy, once the scourge of brigands on the high seas, has been told by the Foreign Office not to detain pirates because doing so may breach their human rights. Warships patrolling pirate-infested waters, such as those off Somalia, have been warned that there is also a risk that captured pirates could claim asylum in Britain.” Their chances of doing the same in Korea are probably vanishingly small."


Moonbattery: Separated at Birth?: "Quadruplets:"

End Of The Holocene TwoFer Update

New record cold temperatures in Minnesota | Watts Up With That?: "From NWS Duluth, MN, an old record beaten by five degrees:
518 PM CST FRI JAN 21 2011


You might not only note that these temps are not particularly in line with the end of winter as we know it but you might also note that the Minneapolis Metro area shows almost a text book illustration of the Urban Heat Island effect (UHI; Minneapolis is near the bottom about 1/3 over from the left).

Heh. Unless you're in International Falls that is...

End of the Holocene you ask?

You are on the temperature plateau at the very right end of this graph that shows 350,00 years of temperature history from the Vostok ice core. Al Gore forgot to mention it's hardly impossible that it will end during your lifetime.

And he's sitting in his beachfront mansion laughing at you.

Today's Stopped Clock Watch

Instapundit » Blog Archive » “POLITICS:” ProPublica: Why a Gruesome Pennsylvania Abortion Clinic Had Not Been Inspected for 17 …: "According to the grand jury report [2][PDF] released this week by Philadelphia prosecutors, Pennsylvania health officials deliberately chose not to enforce laws to ensure that abortion clinics provide the same level of care as other medical service providers. . . .

The grand jury report said that one look at the place would have detected the problems, but the Pennsylvania Department of Health hadn’t inspected the place since 1993. Here’s the grand jury report, in surprisingly strong language:

The Pennsylvania Department of Health abruptly decided, for political reasons, to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all. The politics in question were not anti-abortion, but pro. With the change of administration from Governor Casey to Governor Ridge, officials concluded that inspections would be “putting a barrier up to women” seeking abortions.

“Even nail salons in Pennsylvania are monitored more closely for client safety,” the report states. “Without regular inspections, providers like Gosnell continue to operate; unlawful and dangerous third-trimester abortions go undetected; and many women, especially poor women, suffer.”
I’m surprised to see the lefty outfit ProPublica pick up on this."

Monday, January 17, 2011

Cementing The 7th Century

Power Line - "Offensive Jihad": "But in the current context, this means that it is permissible to wage jihad against a country if anything 'necessary' to Islam according to (hard-line) clerics' interpretations is blocked (polygamy, child marriage, special privileges at work places, building mosques anywhere, permitting the wearing of head scarves or burkas).

In practice, according to this doctrine, then, any non-Muslim can be attacked anywhere. Thus, mainstream, powerful clerics are now calling for a seventh century-style jihad against non-Muslim lands even if the victims cannot be accused of attacking Muslim ruled lands. Merely to 'extend God's religion' to others is a sufficient motive. Mustafa says that two of Islam's main schools have always endorsed offensive jihad, but I doubt if he would have made that argument ten or 20 years ago.

Of course, that doesn't mean most Muslims will accept this new stance. But it does mean that radical groups now have mainstream support for their most extreme, aggressive behavior."

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Today's Episode Of Dishonest Alarmist Jack*ssism

Trenberth reacts: edits speech to fix copying, leaves “deniers” | Watts Up With That?: "Well that’s what I get for taking a nap today. I had been checking Dr. Trenberth’s manuscript regularly at the AMS website, and of course while napping he (or somebody) changed it. Of course Steve McIntyre caught it and points out the changes. Good for him.

For those that wish to examine the original, I saved it here."

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Gruesome Assassination COTD

44 - Jared Loughner's behavior recorded by college classmate in e-mails: "Abraham Lincoln (1865) - killed by John Wilkes Booth, a Democrat
James Garfield (1881) - killed by Charles J. Guiteau, a Democrat
William McKinley (1901) - killed by Leon Czolgosz, Democratic Anarchist
John F. Kennedy (1963) - killed by Lee Harvey Oswald, Communist

Attempts on:

Andrew Jackson by Robert B. Randolph, Democrat Liberal
Franklin D. Roosevelt by Giuseppe Zangara, Democrat Liberal
Harry S. Truman by Pedro Albizu Campos, Nationalist Socialist
Gerald Ford by Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson, Socialist
Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley, Jr., Registered Democrat"
Let me be clear. This guy Loughner guy was completely nuts. End of story.

But if the left wants to position this guy on the right then they're nuts too. This is absolutely despicable behavior that doesn't even rise to the level of childishness.

Rubio 2012 Watch

Marco Rubio gives a Reaganesque answer when it comes to bipartisanship « Cubachi: "I think we should only oppose their bad ideas, and they have a lot."

Memory hOle Update (Part 49,739)

Twitter / 'Jim' 'Treacher': As @markos screeches about ...: "As @markos screeches about Palin, just remember that he hosted this: And now it's gone:"

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Are You Sentient?

Lindzen Testimony | Climate Skeptic: "Here are two statements that are completely agreed on by the IPCC. It is crucial to be aware of their implications.

1. A doubling of CO2, by itself, contributes only about 1C to greenhouse warming. All models project more warming, because, within models, there are positive feedbacks from water vapor and clouds, and these feedbacks are considered by the IPCC to be uncertain.

2. If one assumes all warming over the past century is due to anthropogenic greenhouse forcing, then the derived sensitivity of the climate to a doubling of CO2is less than 1C. The higher sensitivity of existing models is made consistent with observed warming by invoking unknown additional negative forcings from aerosols and solar variability as arbitrary adjustments.

Given the above, the notion that alarmingwarming is ‘settled science’ should be offensive to any sentient individual, though to be sure, the above is hardly emphasized by the IPCC."

Asia Bibi Lives In Hell ...

... and if our President is Christian you certainly wouldn't know it by his support of her. RTWT:
The American Spectator : Thank God These People Are on the Other Side of the World: "Here's an alternative explanation to the story. These people are crazy. They live in a world that most Europeans left behind when Hieronymus Bosch hung up his paintbrushes -- a world that most contemporary American leave behind somewhere around first grade. I remember well the panic we all felt that year trying to escape some particularly unpopular girl's 'cooties.' After another year, however, the terror subsided. We began to lead rational lives. Not so in the great Islamic Republic. The phobias, irrational fears, superstitions, and delusions that most cultures would ascribe to madness are part of daily life. The place is a lunatic asylum. Thank god they live on the other side of the world. But of course, as 9/11 showed, that's not really true anymore. And they do have a nuclear weapon, too -- think of that."

Feynman on science, religion, and communism

If only he were still alive:
The Reference Frame: Feynman on science, religion, and communism: "Around 12:00 in the first part, he discusses why communism is the opposite of science because it has no tools to adjust the direction. The debate is always over. You may replace 'communism' by 'global warming' and get an equally valid appraisal."

Full transcript is here. RTWT.

A Clarification On CERN CLOUD

The Reference Frame: CERN: CLOUD nucleates clouds as expected: "The Nature Climate Blog has informed its readers that the first results of the CLOUD (cosmics leaving outdoor droplets) experiment at the Center of Europe for the Research of Nuclei (CERN) are ready to be published. The writer of the blog entry was probably shown the results.

The summary? They confirm that the clouds are being nucleated by the radiation at the rate that was expected in the newest models, whatever these models are (and be sure I would like to see some details, too). So the effect is surely nonzero.

Henrik Svensmark told me a year ago that the CLOUD experiment is somewhat redundant because the existence of the basic effect behind cosmoclimatology has already been pretty much established by their own experiments in Denmark. But it may be true that the CERN logo is needed for some additional people to notice."

Monday, January 03, 2011

Omageddon Baby, Omageddon

Welcome to freezing in the dark:
Power Line - Is Obama Intentionally Damaging Our Economy?: "In his recently released book Leadership and Crisis, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal recounts an exchange with President Obama during the Gulf oil drilling moratorium. (Full disclosure: I co-wrote the book with Jindal.) After telling Obama that the moratorium would potentially cost tens of thousands of jobs, 'The president went on to assure me that anyone who lost their job would get a check from BP. When I explained that BP might not write them checks because it was the federal government that imposed the moratorium the president said, 'Well, if BP won't pay the claim, they can file for unemployment.' I was amazed by the level of disconnect. The people of Louisiana want to work, not collect unemployment or BP checks.'


Do clouds disappear? 2 « Calder's Updates: "Brian H says:
20/07/2010 at 08:56
A model is as good as the plugs that keep it from leaking to death."